The Case For Reading Fiction Books In The New Year

Epic stories that span the length of time. Space operas telling the story of a battle never won. Fantasy lands brought to life in vivid color through the minds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other fiction writers.

There’s a magic behind fiction books. One that draws readers into a story deeper than themselves. One that helps readers to remember and understand the story better than any non-fiction book will ever do.

Why leaders should read fiction books

I still remember the stories I read as a child. Peter Cottontail, the various Star Wars novels, the Tortoise and the Hare. These novels and fables told a story that engaged my imagination and helped me live in another world.

They also did something else. According to research, reading fiction books transforms the readers. Not only do they get taken to far away worlds, readers become something new.

Why Leaders Should Enjoy Entertainment

The gurus were wrong...

When I began diving deep into the personal development world, I was fed a lie. I was told not to do this one specific activity. Years later I regret buying into the lie.

Successful people don’t do this. Successful people run fast and far from this. And successful people don’t partake in this activity at all.

Lies, lies, and more lies.

Leaders need to enjoy entertainment too

So, what was this activity so many personal development and leadership gurus told me? These gurus told me and countless others to flee from the evils of entertainment.

Well, as Ash Williams said in the cult classic movie Army Of Darkness “Me? I’m through running.”

Why Leaders Should Enjoy Entertainment

There have been plenty of reasons given as to why leaders SHOULDN’T enjoy entertainment. These excuses range from

There’s no time in a leader’s day to listen to music or watch a movie

Why I’ve Started To Read Fiction Again

When I began on my self-improvement journey I decided I would follow the advice of other leaders.

If they said to stop watching TV, I began to reduce my TV intake to the point of it being non-existent. I also heard that you should listen to motivational speakers and conference talks instead of music. Done and done. Read as much non-fiction as you can. Learn from the best. Out with the fiction books and in with non-fiction.

There’s nothing wrong with this. You need to be careful what you fuel your mind with.

But it can become an addiction.

Hunger Games and Catching Fire books

Following this advice was great. For awhile…

And then my desire for something different rose up. I wanted to read a grand story. One with adventure. One with action. One with suspense.

That’s when and why I decided to pick up The Hunger Games trilogy. That and it was dirt cheap.